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Hybrid work, once a rare perk, has found itself firmly in the mainstream at companies. As of February 2022, around 42 percent of employees in the U.S. work on a hybrid work schedule, according to research from Gallup.  

While the added flexibility can make work easier for employees, the hybrid work model presents a tricky logistical puzzle for those in charge of launching it. 

“Teams need to work hard to ensure that ideas and input flow freely, and that remote and in-person workers are encouraged to participate fully — regardless of their working location,” said Sandra Moran, Chief Marketing Officer at WorkForce Software. 

Around 83 percent of employees say that hybrid work is ideal for them, and 74 percent of employers in the U.S. say they plan to use, or already are using, a hybrid approach to their office plan. Employers need to make sure they have the right tools ready. 

“The past two years have been about rethinking traditional mindsets when it comes to working,” Moran said. “Leaders need to think about how they can build technology to support, not just manage, their employees — no matter where they are located in the world.” 

As Moran says, it’s clear smart communication tools are important in today’s workplace. From managing workflows to supporting employee friendships, here are the top tech tools that can improve the hybrid workplace.